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10 Tips on Rating Levels

This post starts with hallmarks of level 2 articles and covers signs that your writing is at level 3. Removing these issues from your work can raise your rating. Next week, I'll have tips for level 4 writers looking to move to level 5.

Last week, SondraC gave you her story and resources to improve your rating. She mentioned not having a starting point to know what to study. This post starts with hallmarks of level 2 articles and covers signs that your writing is at level 3. Removing these issues from your work can raise your rating. Next week, I'll have tips for level 4 writers looking to move to level 5. 

The following errors will often put your writing at level 2:

1. Subject-verb agreement
Sentences need a subject and a verb. These two items must agree. 

2. Capitalization
All sentences must start with a capital letter. The personal pronoun “I” must always be capitalized. Capitalization counts for company and product names like eBay, iPod, iPhone, iPad and Wal-Mart. 

3. Spelling
There are too many spell-check products to have spelling errors in your work. Use a dictionary. While a spell-checker is extremely helpful, do not trust it blindly. “Definitely” and “defiantly” are two completely different words.

4. Articles
“The,” “a” and “an” are important words. Use them appropriately before nouns.

5. Basic punctuation
All statements must end with a period. All questions, even rhetorical ones, must end with a question mark. In rare cases, an exclamation point may be used to end a sentence.

Authors that master those basics get to level 3. These are the types of mistakes that will keep a writer at level 3:

6. Sentence structure
Keep your sentence structure clear. Avoid fragments and run-on sentences. Refrain from starting your sentences with a coordinating conjunction (and, but, so) since these are usually fragments that should be combined with the previous sentence. 

7. Incorrect words
Use a dictionary. Check the connotations of the words you are using. Ensure that the word that you're thinking of truly means what you think. The verb should also fit the subject. We've had examples of buildings residing at an address or engine parts desiring oil; inanimate objects can neither "reside" nor "desire." The meaning is clear, but the word choice is off.

8. Homophones
They're, their and there all have different meanings. Know which goes where. The same applies to you're/your, peak/peek/pique and it's/its.

9. Commas
There are many comma rules to be aware of. The most important for level 3 authors are how to handle clauses with coordinating conjunctions, or FANBOYS, using commas in if/then clauses, and introductory elements. If you start a sentence with “if,” there is always a comma before the “then” part of the sentence. Every time you have an introductory element like “In 1882,” “However,” or “Yesterday,” you need a comma after that element. Please see other online resources for a full and more technical explanation of these rules.

10. Phrasing
Be direct in your writing. Avoid "I think," "in my opinion," “in regards to” and “respecting.” Use active voice over passive voice; “The client accepted my articles” is preferable to “My articles were accepted by the client.” Keep your lists consistent, including your verb tenses. Limit extraneous information and extra words.

These tips are not a comprehensive list of what determines your exact rating. Please check the feedback from our editors for items that you can improve. If you have any questions on your rating, e-mail us.

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92145 17. November 2014 - 6:39

I am getting frustrated. Our writing is supposed to be based on our last five articles, but I have written many more than that and have not been reviewed. Why aren't we reviewed more often? I see so many orders simply sitting in level four. How can I get to level four if I am not reviewed and feedback is not given so I can improve? I write for another service and within a week I had raised up a level. I am nearly at their top level and I am consistently getting bonuses. I also make more with them. I would like to see my career at Textbroker reflect the hard work I put into my writing. Also, I tried to access the comma cheat sheet and received the front page with the "you are not authorized to access this" message. I have sent emails to authors@textbroker and they come back as undeliverable. It should be easier to contact support, sometimes I have a question regarding how to handle something on an order and there is no one to contact. I appreciate this information, but would really like my writing evaluated on a regular basis, as is outlined on the hiring page. Also, if you offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, I would like you to know that my satisfaction with pay rates and reviews is less only about 75%. It's time for a raise all across the board. our rates are too low. The other site I write for pays 1.2 cents at its lowest pay grade and 1.4 in bonus, which is easily achieved.


661431 19. December 2016 - 21:30

I couldn't even get through all of these photos. I was cringing halfway through the list and decided to give up.


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